BMW has revealed all the details about a compact sports sedan that will compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLA. New shared platform FAAR with the hatchback 1-Series and inherited from related models range of engines and interior design. At the start of sales announced two versions with front-wheel drive and the top version of the M235i with all-wheel drive system.
Length of the BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe – 4 526 mm, width – 1 800 mm, height – 1420 mm wheelbase of 2 670 mm. The novelty has retained its original line of “senior” kupeobrazny models – frameless doors. Claimed boot capacity – 430 litres which is 50 litres more than the hatchback 1-Series.
Salon 2-Series Gran Coupe is identical to the platform of “unity”: the design of the front panel, the Central tunnel and door cards shared, the dashboard is digital, the media system with a 10.25-inch display is a function of the gesture recognition. In addition, the 2-Series Gran Coupe received a new backlighting system with six colors.
Basic 2-Series Gran Coupe is richer than that of “unity”: there is a rear camera, led optics, sport steering wheel, front seats with electric, assistant of monitoring of blind zones, system of lane control and warning function of head-on collisions. In the list of available options, – BMW intelligent assistant that takes voice commands.
In Europe, sales of the 2-Series Gran Coupe will launch with three versions: front-wheel drive petrol 218i with a 1.5-liter 140-horsepower (220 lb-ft of torque) the “Turbotronic” diesel 220d with front-wheel drive supercharged four-cylinder engine producing 190 horsepower (400 Nm) and the flagship M235i xDrive with all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter 306-horsepower (450 Nm torque) with a turbo engine. In USA gamma of modifications would be limited to two performances with four-wheel drive – xDrive and M235i 228i xDrive (240 horsepower, 350 Nm of torque).
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The fastest of the BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe in xDrive version of the M235i, 8-speed automatic transmission and a mechanical differential Torsen is able to accelerate from 0-100 kilometers per hour in 4.7 seconds. Differences from “normal” design of the coupe is reduced to 18-inch wheels, upgraded suspension components, steering components, and more efficient brakes.
Prices for the BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is yet to be announced. Probably, the price list manifests itself in the public premiere in November at the motor show in Los Angeles. It is expected that sales designer “two” will start in March 2020.
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